ANGRY BIRDS, WINTRY LIGHT – Marilyn Armstrong

Angry birds, wintry light

Hairy Woodpeckers are the larger of two similar-looking woodpeckers. They aren’t actually related, but somehow, the Downy has copied the feathering and coloration of the Hairy Woodpecker, probably because the Hairy has a notoriously bad temper. The Downy has an equally bad temper, but he’s much smaller. By copying the bigger bird, on a quick look, they look the same.

It’s hard to see the difference unless they are near enough to one another to see the size difference which, despite them often sharing the same piece of forest, they rarely do.

Angry bird 1

Angry bird 2

Angry bird 3

Angry bird 4

Angry bird 5

Angry bird 6

Today I got lucky and for a few seconds (I didn’t get a picture, but I almost got a picture)  they shared the opposite sides of the big feeder. Suddenly, it was easy to tell the difference. The Hairy is obviously bigger. Bigger body, longer beak. They only shared space for a few seconds, then the Downy decided it was time to move on. The Hairy hung around long enough for me to get some pictures and for once, I was sure I knew which bird I was photographing.

Is it me or does this look like one of the original angry birds? Hairy Woodpeckers have a notoriously bad temper. They are permanently in a bad mood. I think it’s because they spend their entire lives banging their head against hardwood trees.



Categories: birds, Blackstone Valley, Marilyn Armstrong, Photography, square, Wildlife, Woodpeckers

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11 replies

  1. These are so adorable! I love what you did with the pictures.

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  2. chuckle …all that banging on the trees has to do something to them….

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  3. They have such a loud angry call. They always sound like they are complaining- you are right. Great captures and I love the photo filter you used

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    • I invented that one. I wanted something that would show colors strongly but not distort the birds much. I want to take this one and refine it a bit more. It’s ALMOST where I want it to be. It’s really four or five filters and plus a filter for sharp edging.

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  4. You are right some birds definitely have angry features!

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